We Lost Trying To Win The Game: Trevor Morgan
Trevor Morgan's East Bengal suffered their fourth consecutive loss in the I-League at the hands of DSK Shivajians at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday, resulting in East Bengal bowing out of the title race.
A dejected Morgan however, hailed the performance of his boys despite the result being against The Red and Gold Brigade.
"We created more chances than our last three games. The end result was the same but there was a response from the players. It had been a difficult week. I am happy with what they gave us despite not winning " Morgan said.
Morgan was also all praise for Indian international and DSK's custodian Subrata Paul. "Subrata had a great game tonight. He made some top saves in the second half," Morgan commented.
When asked about the constant barracking from the fans Morgan remarked, "They pay their money, they are entitled to their opinion. They'll shout and abuse and we have to accept that. I have to ignore it. If you want to read good things about yourself, be prepared to hear and read the bad as well."
Morgan also revealed that for the first time in his life, he was not particularly excited about a football match, given the recent fan outrage. "I love football. From the moment I have walked, I have played football. This is the first time I had not looked forward to the game given what's gone on this week," the British coach expressed.
However, Morgan was critical of his side's finishing and the sloppy defending resulting in a goal. "We just didn't finish off our chances. We were lacking in quality for the final pass and then we conceded the sloppiest of goals from a corner," Morgan confessed.
Morgan also revealed the reason behind benching Haitian playmaker Wedson Anselme. "Wedson was out for six weeks, he played the full 90 minutes last week and he has been struggling since. My idea was to give him the last half an hour when hopefully they were tiring but it just so happens that they were winning and I had to put him after halftime," Morgan said.
East Bengal, much to the surprise of everyone, started with a 3-5-2 formation - something which hasn't been seen under Morgan before. After the match, Morgan revealed the reason behind East Bengal's unprecedented change in the formation. "We played three at the back and we put a formation to hopefully win the game. We got as many attacking players that we could get on the pitch. But defending is a part of the game as well and the 10-15 seconds we switched off, it cost us".
Morgan being his optimistic self, looked for positives out of the match. "I hate losing any game. It's not losing one game, let alone four. At least tonight, we lost but lost the right way. We lost trying to win it. The other games that we lost in, I have questioned the players' character, attitude but tonight they gave everything that they had given how difficult this week has been," the former Dempo coach expressed.
Morgan is also well aware of the fact that he might be shown the door once the I-League is over. He elucidated that the Federation Cup is still a long way for him. "Our aim out there is to try and win the next game. Federation Cup is a long way yet. Especially for me," he concluded.